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Oct. 10, 2001

Charlottesville, Va. – Men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia announced that attackman Conor Gill, defenseman Mark Koontz and attack/midfielder Eric Leibowitz have been elected captains for the 2002 season in a vote of their teammates.

Gill, a senior from Lutherville, Md., is serving as a team captain for the second year in a row. One of the most gifted attackmen in the nation, he led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring (3.77 ppg) and assists (2.62) last season. Gill has been named a first-team All-American the last two years and could become the first three-time first-team selection in school history.

Like Gill, Koontz has been selected for the second time. The senior from Upper Arlington, Ohio, was a first-team All-American last season after leading ACC long sticks with 67 ground balls. A three-year starter, he is considered one of the top defensemen in the country.

Leibowitz has been a valuable reserve at attack and in the midfield throughout his career. The three-time letterwinner from Annandale, Va., played in seven games and scored two goals last spring for Virginia. With the relative youth of the Cavalier midfield, he should push for additional playing time this season.

“I could not be more pleased to announce the choice of our team captains for the coming year,” said Starsia. “It is a unique honor for Mark and Conor to serve as two-year captains in a program of our caliber and says a great deal about their leadership skills. It is also very satisfying to see Eric rewarded in the final season of his career. He has worked hard throughout and has everyone’s respect. The team has made some good choices.”

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